What is video-conferencing?
Video-conferencing enables multiple parties in different locations to join a virtual room, facilitating collaboration through sharing audio, video, text and presentations in real time over the internet. Camera and microphones can be turned on and off.
Video-conferencing through Hwb
Through Hwb, staff have access to Microsoft 365 (M365) and Google G-suite for Education.
Microsoft Teams can be used to carry out video-conferencing.
Google Meet can be used to carry out video conferencing.
Using video-conferencing to deliver lessons
Video-conferencing can be effective for practitioners delivering blended learning when used appropriately. It offers practitioners the ability to replicate classroom practice in a virtual environment through engagement and interaction. Video-conferencing can be used to:
- deliver lessons to your class / learners
- deliver small group pastoral or teaching sessions
- conduct a well-being catch-up session or hold a SEN/ALN appointment
Benefits of video-conferencing lessons
Video-conferencing offers many benefits to blended learning. The benefits of using video-conferencing to deliver lessons include:
- offering participants an opportunity for face-to-face contact in real time
- facilitates interactive and collaborative learning
- positive impacts on learner engagement and well-being
- useful for keeping in contact with learners
- feedback to learners is instant
- enables individualised support
- it can be used to enable children and young people to keep in contact with their peer learners and engage in group learning, for example, discussions
Points to remember
- Everything on your screen or that you share will be seen by all.
- Video-conferencing is real-time: carefully consider what can been seen and heard in your environment.
- By scheduling a video-conference lesson you are committing to delivering a lesson on a specific date/time.
- If learners are using video and audio, then all learners should choose a neutral location that is appropriate and safe.
- Where possible, practitioners and learners should use background blur settings in Microsoft Teams and Google Meet.
- If practitioners choose, learners can present their screen and share content.